Serafina is a freelance mercenary, of English and Italian origin, working in Tokyo, Japan.
|Affiliations||Ghoul Suppression Agency (Formerly)|
|Quinque||Knight-28C (Sword) and Scorpion (Knife)|
Sera would likely go unnoticed in most western countries, possessing a reasonably plain face and build. She's fairly athletic, but one wouldn't be able to tell the exact extent under her casual attire. Just that she was quite thin and narrow. She shies away from any excess makeup or jewelry, usually just opting for loose shirts and well fitted jeans on a day to day basis. With that being said, she does have a fondness for dressing up if ever the occasion arises, and is extremely judgemental of how others chose to dress.
For missions or assignments, she has a variety of gear. If combat is a given, she has a set of light CCG raid armour, spray painted black. More often than not, she'll wear dark hoodies and loose trousers, more for the comfort and ease of movement than 'being one with the shadow'. To go over this, she has various pouches, straps and cases to hold quinque, guns, bombs and tools.
Her hair is black, strait, and normally tied back in a ponytail, to avoid the requirement of ever doing anything with it. Her eyes are a dull green, but possess a certain 'keenness' to them. As for her skin tone, it is a light olive, closer to her mediterranean half than her norman. There are a number of substantial nicks and scrapes across her entire body, but, again, nothing that would ever be seen normally.
To be frank, Sera isn't the most moral of people. She is often times extremely dishonest, driven by greed and self desire alone. Her only responsibility is to herself, and she's quite happy that way. After a life of being forced into doing what others wanted, she's finally got the ability to work towards her own goals, and can be quite relentless in holding onto that freedom. She has little issue when it comes to petty crime, or even the killing of killers, but isn't so morally bankrupt that she'd ever torture people for fun or kill innocents on an order. No, she's merely taken on her own view of how things should be done, something she wouldn't easily be dissuaded from. Sera can be quite close-minded in her views and options, and has trouble taking on criticism from others.
That's not to say that she's all terrible of course, no one is. She considers herself to have a relatively stable moral compass, and can be surprisingly modest if given the chance. As long as she gets what she wants, she's happy. To contrast, she's a very confident person, in both her ability and intelligence. This often leads to her being fairly cocky. However, she usually has sense enough to never let that cloud her judgement in serious situations.
As long as it's of no major cost to her, Sera can be very kind to others. She fears being, or being seen as, useless. So, she will often do a fair bit to help. Whether this is business related, or simply personal.
Sera can rub along well with others, or not, if she wishes. She's adaptable enough socially that she can befriend who she wants to befriend, and isolate those who she sees as being a bother. Sadly enough, she's come to approach most such situations with this analytical distance. It's been years for her, since having any more than shallow friends or acquaintances. Generally, she'll act relaxed and confident. She'll usually end up being quite condescending to those about her, if she really doesn't care for what they think of her.
Along with this, she's very good at keeping relatively calm and collected. At least outwardly. Even if she's terrified, or pumped up on adrenalin. Although in such situations, she does tend to fall back on insulting and mocking her foes to hide how she really feels. The exception to this rule is spiders. Serafina would rather face an SSS rate Kakuja than spiders.
She has no explicit hatred towards Ghouls, but that doesn't mean she minds killing them at all. In her previous life, that was almost a weekly routine. It's the same with people really. As long as they're not people. Once you put a life, family and personality to what would otherwise be a name and face, it makes it much weightier to take it all away. She's even refused jobs in the past if they were simply treating her as an assassin. As she sees herself as somewhat of a 'premium' mercenary, she will only do very little for the same payment that other may happily kill. She avoids directly hurting humans as much as she can, and charges a hefty fee for putting herself in direct danger against a ghoul.
As a side note to her position on ghouls, although she would deny it, the GSA's way of portraying them to their Agents, and her father's opinions have certainly shaped her views a great deal. She sees them as much less than humans, and only good for being 'the muscle' in most cases. Years of working in criminal activities with ghouls have certainly mellowed her out, but much like deep seeded racism, the niggling thoughts persist.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Expert Acrobat: From a young age, Sera was forced into doing acrobatics. Although never really enjoying it all that much, she eventually got to the point where it felt like a waste to quit, and continued it until the age of 18. From then on out, she incorporated it into her future career and combat style. Often she'll perform complex and flexible movements to evade damage, gain vantage points, and escape from foes.
Expert in Covert Operations: Not being terribly powerful or outstandingly skilled in combat, Sera tended to prefer, and excel, at the more subtle missions and operations dealt out by her employers. Through the past decade, she's picked up a number of skills and experiences that currently serve her well in Japan. Including those in areas such as infiltration, reconnaissance, assassination, and sabotage.
Adept Markswoman: Like most in her previous line of work, Sera has received a fair amount of training in the use of basic firearms. She's no sniper or lone ranger, but she's certainly proficient enough to meet her target when calm.
Adept Close Combatant: Akin to her training with long range weapons, Sera can also boast much higher than average close combat skills. Pure hand to hand she struggles with, mainly due to a lack of any substantial strength, but give her a knife or sword and she's legitimately dangrous. She'll incorporate her agility wherever she can, and although this burns through her stamina quickly, it's effective for the short period of time where she can manage.
Multilinguist: Sera's mother ensured that she learn italian, insisting on her using it most of the time at home when her father wasn't there. As such, she picked up that second language fairly quickly, after English. She learnt Japanese, German and French to a basic level at the academy, but never really got a full grasp of the former until she was required to converse with a plethora of native speakers, for her former job.
Name: Jack in a Box
RC Type: Bikaku
Appearance: Black and discrete, with a quinque case handle attached to what appears to be a 30cm spike. She keeps it attached to the opposite side of her belt to her sword.
Mechanics: The spike allows for the quinque to be embedded into concrete, wood and even steel. The handle detaches from the spike, and a new one is generated. If pressure is placed on the spot where the spike was placed, it quickly erupts with a long spike. Pressing a button on the handle can cause all currently placed mines to erupt. Five traps can be placed at once
Strengths: The spike is powerful and sturdy. It could easily tear through the leg of a ghoul or impale them. The quinque can be used to set up a battlefield before hand to give Serafina a tactical advantage. If fighting against a slow opponent, it could be used to place spontaneous traps.
Weaknesses: It's tricky to use in sudden combat. Potentially, it could be stabbed into someone, but it shoots a spike outwards, so most of the damage would be done via the stab, not much more than a sword. If Sera wants to manually activate the traps, it has to be done all at once.
|Thread Link||Thread Type||Thread Description|
|Wintertide-Inquisitors||Arc||After only having been in Tokyo a short while, Serafina is contacted by the organization she'd carried out a few freelance contracts for, and summoned to their club for a briefing of sorts.|
|Wintertide-Anteiku raid||Arc||As per the contract, Serafina would meet up with her 'coworkers' to capture a young ghoul boy, working in a cafe. She wasn't terribly impressed by the task, but made sure to do her job well never the less.|
|Snow Garden||Interaction||After the cature of Xeno, Serafina attempts to spend a night enjoying herself and her VIP privileges at Yuureien. However she is soon thwarted by an overly curious Anteiku employee.|
|Spelling Eternity||Interaction||In the wake of Anteiku's investigation, Serafina is hired to keep an eye out for interfering children while her bosses attended to some business.|
|Wolves and Sheep||Interaction||Whilst tracking a target on New Year's Eve, Serafina meets a masked one-eyed Kakuja. The One-Eyed Cat.|
|Awakening||Interaction||Two weeks after her run in with the One-Eyed Cat, Serafina finds herself in the in the 24th ward, and runs into a cute little puppy after finishing a minor job.|
|Mercenaries||Interaction||In mid-january, Serafina meets yet another of her ghoul 'comrades', Lee, while relaxing in the Yuureien VIP area.|
|Eye for an Eye-Inqusitors||Arc||A small team is briefed by Shidu on an Aogiri base they have been tasked to infiltrate, and recover the One-Eyed Ghouls from.|
|Eye for an Eye-Lab Raid||Arc||Serafina organizes the halp hazard team of ghouls, and sets about raiding the Aogiri lab. They run into many Aogiri members, and Serafina uses her 'comrades' as distractions so she can take down many of the Aogiri ghouls. They are eventually successful.|
|Eye for an Eye-Wrap up||Arc||Serafina is paid by Shidu for a job well done, and is lent a quinque from Ran's personal armoury. While there, she makes her thoughts on Shidu using human children as employees very clear. She never did give that quinque back.|
|Two Fates||Interaction||After finishing a simple job, Serafina has to walk back to a populated part of town with Daren Blackshire. She teases him lightly, and manages to find out about his links to the GSA and 'Discord'. Serafina plays dumb for the most part, but gives him some parting advice on what to do about the powers that be trying to tell his story for him.|
|Candlelight-Factionless breifing||Arc||With work from the inquisitors slowing, Serafina began to listen to the offers from the other underground groups in Tokyo. One such group had an assignment pertaining to the collection of quinque. Most in the room were ghouls, and very impressed by their offer, but Serafina actively laughed in their faces. She vowed to bring them all the information they could want, for a much higher price.|
|Information Brokering||Interaction||Not one to head into something unprepared, Serafina stops off at Zanzibar to get a potential mark for her plan to retrieve the information on quinques.|
|Mission Moderately Hard, But Certainly Do-able||Arc||Serafina blackmails Kari, the girlfriend of Tsuneo Ando, into getting her into the CCG's RnD building. Kari worked as a researcher in a lab there, and had enough security clearance to get Serafina in the building.|
|Candlelight Wrap up||Arc||After successfully completing her mission, and traumatising Kari, Serafina headed to collect her payment from the suits that had hired her. It took a while, and they payed her 6 million less than agreed upon, but ultimately Serafina was content with her haul.|
|Mole Mission||Interaction||With money from her last mission running out, and the inqusitors gone, Serafina had to turn to the organization who had hired her for the quinque operation. She was sent to the 24th ward with a group of ghouls and humans, the most notable of which was Junko Kobayashi acting under an alias. Serafina befriended Junko and worked with her to complete their objective.|
|Reconciliation||Interaction||Serafina heads into Re: for a spot of tea, and ends up coming face to face with the most powerful being in Tokyo.|
|Platinum-Apex||Arc||Hired again by RIFT, Serafina is located in the crowd when the CCG raid begins. She is tasked with finding a way out for the RIFT operatives located there. After she does so, she is attacked by Hachi Kasamatsu due to wearing a CCG uniform. His spider-like appearance triggers her arachnophobia, and makes the fight a struggle both mentally and physically.|
|Daren Blackshire||Sera has had a small interest in Daren, ever since she learnt that he was the blackshire who lead Discord. Like most of his peers the Inquisitors, she thinks he's a bit caught up in the theatrics of it all, and while shrewd enough to think of framing Aogiri, he does seem a be a bit of a brute. She affectionately refers to him as 'lil Soundy due to his young age, height and alias. Even after the Inquisitors were dissolved, Serafina remained on friendly terms with the ghoul.|
|Ayano Morino||At first, Sera didn't see much in Ayano, much like she hadn't rated Daren very highly. In their first mission, she merely acted as the muscle. Although despite that, Sera did warm to her a bit over her time in the inquisitors. As much as one can warm to a ghoul. Ayano gave Sera her scorpion quinque.
Serafina made sure that she was paired with Ayano during the Aogiri lab raid. After seeing her fight against Xeno, she knew she could trust her to act as the brawn. After Ayano had her arms ripped off against Maki, Serafina felt a bit guilty that she hadn't stepped in sooner, and thus tried to show a bit of kindness towards the ghoul female. She isn't aware of Ayano's death after the Inquisitor's fall.
|Shidu||Shidu, in the few times Serafina had met her, never failed to make her chuckle a bit. She admittedly didn't know much about her at all. However, the way she goes about with her edgy mask and serious demeanor always seems a bit over the top for such basic work. Sera quite likes to imagine what goes on inside the other woman's head, another past time which amuses her greatly. She doesn't particularly care that Shidu is likely dead or captured after the fall of the inqusititors.|
|Sachi Raku||Sachi was the 'puppy' that Serafina fought as she was trying to leave the 24th ward. Rather than confusing the mercenary, Sachi's erratic and mad behaviour reinforced her opinion on the vast majority of ghouls. She sees Sachi as little more than an animal, and a bottom feeder. However, the girl's small moments of clarity lead Serafina to mockingly refer to her as 'puppy', rather than 'dog'.|
|Lee||Despite only having chatted to him briefly at Yuureien, Lee is probably the Inquisitor Serafina knows best. She doesn't find him terribly interesting or impressive, but thinks he's amenable enough to get along with. He conducted himself as expected at the Lab raid, neither bettering, nor worsening her opinion of him.|
|Mei Haruko||When Serafina first met Mei, she was smitten. Mei was a human and cute, so Serafina immediately had more sympathy for her than all of her ghoul colleagues combined. Often, she would object to Shidu abusing Mei as a mercenary while she was still a child. Despite her insistence, Mei wouldn't let Serafina look after her so that she wouldn't need to work for Shidu. She was honestly distraught when she heard of Mei's accidental death, and blames herself to this day.|
|Junko Kobayashi||Serafina has worked with Junko on a couple of missions for RIFT. The two aren't especially close, but Serafina respects the other woman greatly, and sees a lot of herself in her. Both were former female investigators, now working in the underground. Deep down, Sera hopes that they can become friends. She hasn't had a friend for a long time.|
|One-Eyed Cat||Moriko and Serafina have a very odd relationship. They first met on New Year's Eve, while Serafina was carrying out a hit on a binge eating ghoul. Moriko had killed the ghoul first, and was in a semi-kakuja state. Serafina was terrified, and so insulted the cat mercilessly, threw a knife in her eye, and ran away. Moriko tried to approach her in her human form the next day, but Serafina didn't recognise her. By chance, Serafina went into a Re: one day for a pot of tea, and got into a conversation with the woman. Eventually, Moriko revieled the old knife and her identity. Serafina was terrified, and deemed her mentally unstable. Counterintuitively, she concluded that her best course of action would be to 'befriend' the cat, and turn her into an ally.|
- Serafina's name means 'fiery one'. Combined with her last name, Baxter (an old english title for bakers), it can be thought of as fiery baker. At a stretch, 'Toast'.
- She's never had a romantic relationship
- She has a phobia pertaining to most insects and arachnoids.